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Stewards Reports, Protest & Appeal

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TRG

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Formula 4 Series 2022/S4
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Tyler Gore
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iRacing ID
194814
Protest

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[li]All protests relating to a racing incident must be submitted within 48 hours of event completion. Protests that are submitted late will be dismissed.[/li]
[li]We suggest drivers involved in an on-track situation to talk it over with one another first before turning in a Stewarding Protest. Take it upon yourselves to watch the replays, even in slow motion if needed.[/li]
[li]Protests that are incorrectly submitted or late will be dismissed. Please contact the Chief Steward directly if you are having issues making a submission before the 48 hour time limit.[/li]
[li]The driver being protested may be contacted by the Chief Steward if their PoV is deemed necessary, either by the website private message system or by email. The protested driver then has 48 hours to submit his/her own evidence. A ruling can be made by the Stewards without needing the Protested driver's PoV. [/li]
[li]The incident will be reviewed by the Stewards, and a decision will be announced in the respective championship’s "Stewards Reports" topic, along with the Incident ID.[/li]
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Appeals

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[li]All appeals must be submitted within 48 hours of the publication of the Stewards Report as follows:
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[li]Send an email to stewards@precisionracingleague.com[/li]
[li]The subject line must be in the following format: Appeal: [Investigation ID][/li]
[li]List your PRL username in the body text[/li]
[li]Your e-mail must explain why you feel the initial decision by the Stewards was wrong.[/li]
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[li]Appeals shall be reasonable, logical, based on sound evidence, and related to the PRL Racing Rules.[/li]
[li]Appeals that are frivolous, incorrectly submitted, or late will be dismissed.  Repeated appeals of this nature will result in disciplinary action.[/li]
[li]Only one appeal per incident is permitted.[/li]
[li]The Appeal will be reviewed by an extended PRL Stewarding team, and a decision will be announced in the respective championship’s Stewards Reports thread.[/li]
[li]If a driver loses 2 Appeals in a 30 day period, they will have a 60 day ban placed on them before being able to Appeal another ruling by the Stewards.[/li]
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Penalties

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[li]The penalties that can be awarded for infractions of the rules include time penalties, points deductions, position penalties, race disqualifications, grid penalties, race suspensions, or you may be made to start the next race from the pits.[/li]
[li]More severe penalties may be given in some circumstances.  The PRL Stewards reserve the right to award any penalty they feel is appropriated.[/li]
[li]Some protests will result in a warning rather than a penalty, but a second warning within 3 months may result in a penalty.[/li]
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More information
 
If you need more explication about a steward decision, please contact stewards@precisionracingleague.com.
 
 
 

Hootius

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NASCAR Cup Series 2022/S4
NASCAR Truck Series 2022/S4
NASCAR Cup Series 2023/S1
NASCAR Xfinity Series 2023/S1
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Charles Sumner
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iRacing ID
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Round 1 - Nürburgring Grand-Prix-Strecke - Grand Prix (June 20)
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[li][ID: 727] The Stewards received a protest of verbal abuse on Discord. With no recorded evidence, there will be no action taken as there was also no response that was needed from Management at the time it happened during the race. The Stewards and Management are issuing this statement moving forward: With the change to using iRacing chat as the primary voice program, your name and comments are recorded in the replay. This will be basis of penalties moving forward due to absolute proof being able to be provided. So with that, please everyone use their best judgement and simply do not hit your Push-to-talk button.... it's that easy.[/li]
[li][ID: 728] The Stewards investigated several reports of Andres Espinoza performing illegal blocks. In each case, Andres only made one defensive move and did not change lanes a 2nd time, so there is no violation there. The actions in question were how late the move occurred, which would be the deciding factor between a defensive protection and a reactionary block (is written out in the PRL Racing Rules). At this time the Stewards will not issue a penalty to Andrew Espinoza, but are issuing a warning Andres and to all drivers to make sure that any protection move being made is done with enough room to the gaining car that it will not be considered a block, nor make a move at the start of a braking zone.[/li]
[li][ID: 729] The Stewards were asked to review a case of intentional brake checking and contact after the race had concluded. Because the Stewards could not say with 100% certainty on the specific matter, no penalty will be issued in this occurrence. Please keep in mind however that actions post race are penalize-able if it does not adhere to PRL standards and that any extra incident points that may occur during this time (since the sim does still accumulate point until the final car has crossed the line) may not be reimbursed nor will you get credit for the 3x bonus if it takes you over the limit.[/li]
[li][ID: 730] The Stewards received 2 protests from a driver regarding contact created with his car by other drivers. Unfortunately, the replays provided were only 3 seconds long and took place after the contact in question occurred. There will be no further actions taken by the Stewards for the request due to improper evidence. The Stewards urge anyone making a protest to please extend the time out to make sure whatever action it is you are protesting gets captured. The more information we have leading up to an action and the time after, the easier it is to make the appropriate ruling.[/li]
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Hootius

Director
Staff member
NASCAR Cup Series 2022/S4
NASCAR Truck Series 2022/S4
NASCAR Cup Series 2023/S1
NASCAR Xfinity Series 2023/S1
Name
Charles Sumner
Joined
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Messages
3,864
Age
38
Location
USA, Florida, Tampa
iRacing ID
304260
Round 2 - Circuit Park Zandvoort - Grand Prix (June 27)
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[li][ID: 737] The Stewards investigated contact between Kevin Santana and Jefferson Padovani approaching T1 on L26. While the Stewards recognize that Jefferson did veer to the left and created tire on tire contact, the Stewards did not find that contact worthy of a penalty and just issue a warning of crowding. The 2nd bit of contact after the initial tire touch shows that the cars clipped through one another, which the Stewards see as a connection issue and rule that as Netcode.[/li]
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TRG

Director
Staff member
Formula 4 Series 2022/S4
Formula 4 Series 2023/S1
Name
Tyler Gore
Joined
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Messages
3,472
Age
39
Location
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
iRacing ID
194814
Round 5 - Mount Panorama (July 25)
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[li][ID: 772] The stewards investigated contact between Jefferson Padovani and Kevin Santana at turn 1 on lap 1. On exit of T1, Jefferson's car rides up on the curb, resulting in a small slide. The replay shows no direct contact between the cars and the stewards have judged this to be a netcode issue. While attempting to recover from the slide, Jefferson's car makes contact with the wall and comes to a stop on the racing surface. Jefferson's car begins to move forward in an attempt to clear the track. In doing so, Jefferson moves into the path of Jérôme Berthiaume who had moved onto the grass to avoid Jefferson. In this scenario, Jefferson should have held his brakes and waited for the field to clear the incident. Jefferson will be assessed a 3 point minor penalty.[/li]
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TRG

Director
Staff member
Formula 4 Series 2022/S4
Formula 4 Series 2023/S1
Name
Tyler Gore
Joined
Feb 11, 2017
Messages
3,472
Age
39
Location
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
iRacing ID
194814
Round 7 - Road Atlanta (Aug 8)
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[li][ID 785]: The stewards investigated a collision between Jefferson Padovani and David Cristelli on Lap 1 at Turn 2. Jefferson was found at fault for this collision and has been assessed a 10-point major penalty for this Lap 1 incident.[/li]
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TRG

Director
Staff member
Formula 4 Series 2022/S4
Formula 4 Series 2023/S1
Name
Tyler Gore
Joined
Feb 11, 2017
Messages
3,472
Age
39
Location
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
iRacing ID
194814
Round 8 - Silverstone (Aug 15)
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[li][ID 787]: The stewards investigated a collision between Paul Wildridge and Charles Sumner on Lap 10. Into the esses, Paul had been overtaken by Charles. Paul was off-pace due to a previous contact with another car. Into the second of the esses, Paul made an inside move on Charles causing a major collision and sending Charles into the wall. A second contact was made with Matthew Gunderson, causing minimal damage to his car. The stewards have awarded Paul with a 10-point major penalty.


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[li][ID 788]: While closely following Michael Overbay on Lap 4, Christian Gritsko makes a move to the inside at Turn 6. This overtake attempt created contact with Overbay's car causing both cars to spin off track. Christian Gritsko failed to establish enough overlap into the braking zone and is deemed to be at fault for this collision. The stewards have issued Christian Gritsko with a 8-point major penalty.


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[li][ID 789]: The stewards reviewed a protest from Christian Gritsko alleging that Michael Overbay received an on-track fast-repair from the server on Lap 6. The protest alleged that the repair was issued by PRL Management staff in-session. This protest has been rejected by the stewards. F3 Championship Rules do not include a fast-repair, and all sessions in this series have this feature disabled. Session admins do not have any control over car condition, nor do they have the power to repair any car on track or in the pits. PRL will never penalize a driver for an obvious iRacing graphical or coding bug. The bug has been submitted to iRacing support.[/li]
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